What PSI is good for driveways
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  • Post last modified:November 25, 2022
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You’ve probably heard the term PSI, or pounds per square inch. But do you know what it means for your driveway? Pressure washing is not as simple as turning on a hose and letting water blast away dirt and grime. In fact, if you don’t have the right psi rating for your pressure washer, you could actually cause more damage than good. In this article, we’ll explore what PSI means for driveways and how it impacts the effectiveness of different types of pressure washing machines—including electric models versus gas-powered ones—so that you can make an informed decision when choosing equipment for your next cleaning job.

Know your PSI rating.

PSI stands for pounds per square inch, and it’s a measurement of the pressure that your pressure washer produces. The higher the PSI rating, the more powerful your washer will be.

If you want to get serious about cleaning your driveway, knowing how to use a pressure washer is essential. To make sure you’re using yours correctly and safely, it helps to know what PSI means and how pressure relates to cleaning power.

Using an electric pressure washer.

Using an electric pressure washer is a great way to clean your driveway. These machines are usually more affordable than gas models, and they have features that make them easier to use.

If you plan on using a driveway cleaning machine often—and I would recommend it!—then an electric model may be right for you. If not, then consider what kind of work you’ll be doing with your new machine before making that choice.

Using a gas pressure washer.

  • Gas pressure washers are more powerful and more portable than electric units.

  • Most gas pressure washers have a higher PSI rating than electric units, which means that they can handle tougher jobs like cleaning driveways and decks.

  • Gas pressure washers are slightly more expensive than electric units, but the extra cost is worth it if you need to clean large surfaces or thick layers of dirt and grime.

If you’re going to use your power washer outdoors, then it’s important that you choose a unit with at least 3000 PSI so that it can handle even the most stubborn dirt stains on your driveway or patio pavers.

Power washing a wooden surface.

Wooden surfaces, like decks and fences, can be cleaned using a low pressure setting on your power washer. The soft brush attachment will help you get into all the nooks and crannies of the wood without damaging it.

You should avoid using high pressure settings on anything made of wood. This will result in scratches, warping or even breaking the wood!

Make sure you know your psi to avoid damage to your driveway

If you’re using a pressure washer to clean your driveway, it’s important that you know how much pressure is good for the job. If your power washer has a low psi rating (under 2000), then it probably isn’t suitable for cleaning driveways. Most residential pressure washers are designed for tasks like removing dirt and stains on wood decks or concrete pathways. However, if you have a large driveway and need something more powerful than the average household model offers, then higher-end commercial models may be able to handle the job.

The most common mistake people make with their home pressure washers is trying to use them as substitutes for professional equipment when they have large areas of concrete or asphalt surfaces that need water blasting off every spring before sealing up against winter weather conditions. This could lead to premature wear on those areas where liquids are sprayed repeatedly over many years without proper care in between uses.”


We hope that this article has helped you understand what PSI is and how it can affect your driveway. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!